HD Heads-Up: January 18

TV1’s Doctor Foster was just what the network ordered, with last night’s premiere averaging 5.1% of its target audience, 25-54 year-olds, and 8.4% of viewers aged 5+. It won the hour in both demos, beating TV2’s Tangled and Scary Movie 5, which overlapped itand TV3’s network movie premiere of GI Joe: Retaliation. But the movies dominated in the 18-39, 18-49 and household shoppers-with-kids demos. Here’s a more detailed ratings post

True to form, neither Stuff nor the NZ Herald websites ran next-day reviews of Doctor Foster, despite  the latter highlighting the novelty of its programming in its Sunday edition by misleadingly describing it as “Netflix-style binge-watching”. Both sites appear more interested in the latest faux social media outrage, where some poor blighter who dared to express an opinion in a letter to TV Guide magazine about pregnant presenters was pilloried …

Variety reports HBO has temporarily shut down production of Westworld but still expects the sci-fi movie spin-off to premiere this year. “The ambitious project, which doesn’t have an official premiere date, was shuttered for two months so executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy can catch up on the final four scripts. Sources say production, which was originally scheduled to wrap in November, is now set to resume in March” …

The theatrical release of the Sherlock Christmas special, The Abominable Bride, has grossed an anything-but elementary £21 million-plus in more than 20 countries, BBC Worldwide reports, and even topped Star Wars: The Force Awakens on a per-screen gross ticket sales average in the US. In NZ, it grossed $109,238 on 45 screens to average $2427 a screen and had the highest opening day box office of that week ($102,286). It ranked 10th in the week’s top 20 releases. The Blu-ray comes out on February 3, complete with decent-sounding extras and Dolby Atmos …

Australian consumer group Choice “basically wants” Australians to breach copyright laws to stymie Netflix’s attempts to thwart the illegal downloading of content that it does not have the rights to in Australia. Choice argues Netflix’s 340,000 Australian subscribers were “baited and switched” by the US streaming company: “Rather than putting barriers up, it’s time to recognise Internet as global” …

If you’re puzzled why Kiwis and Aussies shouldn’t be able to access the same content as US Netflix subscribers, C|Net has published a terrific overview of how Netflix licenses shows: “The reason behind the VPN switch-off has nothing to do with what consumers want. It comes down to the economics and mechanics of the content licensing industry” …

Gizmodo Australia has just done a country-by-country comparison of what Netflix offers in each of its 255 territories, and found Australia and NZ have “pretty decent” libraries — Netflix NZ offers 2043 titles compared to as many as 5760 in the US and as few as 664 in South Korea. Gizmodo reckons cancelling your Netflix service just because you can only watch the region that you signed up for would be silly, “because that’s voting with your feet against the goal of one big global unified movie and TV streaming service. If you want it to happen, you gotta roll with the punches in the meantime” …

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One Response to “HD Heads-Up: January 18”

  1. I use the US Netflix site via my NZ account. I’d love to know why most of the TV programmes I watch there aren’t on the NZ one. These are not new programmes but the likes of the Star Trek series, The twilight Zone and even The Munsters. All old stuff. I suspect the answer is the gorilla in the room called Sky who has the rights locked up for the Zone and Jones channels for years to come.

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